Encouragement. You knew that it had to be this word for the “E” portion of the 27 days of Value words to enrich your marriage… didn’t you? For sure.
Encouragement is much more than “rah-rah”!
The word encourage has another word embedded within it – courage.
To give encouragement is to fill with courage.
and here’s Robert’s definition from his 400+ listing of Values:
Encouragement: giving courage or confidence or hope; the expression of approval and support.
5 Ways to Encourage
There are five ways to encourage:
- Hope – for a good future, an optimistic outlook & insights
- Faith – and a strong belief in God and His goodness
- Love – unconditional validation of strengths without prerequisites
- Prayer – quiet private prayer, and prayer as a couple
- Action – the movement, the ‘doing’ , the activity, adding the extra
Imagine what your marriage would look like if you used these 5 tools…
This was the first Value word I began to use – even before Robert began researching Values.
Encouragement became my focus in life more than 12 years ago. Yes, it’s not grandiouse or exciting, but it’s mine. Here’s my personal mission:
…that their hearts may be encouraged as they are knit together in love…
It’s part of Colossians 2:2.
When I first started to research what Encouragement means, I found there are more than 100 synonyms. Here are some:
I’ve challenged myself to do an “A to Z” plus word challenge on Instagram with a corresponding post here on EncourageYourSpouse. Check out our Instagram account!
Our months traveling, as Robert spoke with leaders in business about values was something I encouraged him to do – just as he encouraged me to finish my book. There’s a special “ooomph” (is that a word?) when spouses encourage each other.
If you’re not going to encourage your spouse — who will?
The posts in this series can be found on the PAGE – 27 Values to Enrich your Marriage (BTW – If you’re reading this post before the end of July 2016, then the page isn’t complete… I’m still writing! 😉 )